This is Dial-Law with information on Illinois Unemployment Insurance
The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act provides for the payment of
benefits to eligible unemployed workers. The benefits are designed to
enable an unemployed worker to pay for living expenses while he or she
is looking for a new job.
To be eligible for benefits, you must be unemployed and must be
available for work, able to work, and actively seeking work. In
addition, you must not be disqualified from eligibility for benefits
under any of the provisions of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act.
You may be disqualified for benefits if you were discharged for
misconduct, theft or a felony connected with work; quit work voluntarily
without good cause; refused an offer of a suitable job; or are
unemployed because of a labor dispute.
The weekly benefit amount is usually 49.5 percent of the unemployed
worker's average weekly wage or of the statewide average weekly wage,
whichever is less. As of January, 1994, the minimum weekly benefit
amount for a single person was $51 and maximum weekly benefit amount was
You may also be entitled to receive, in addition to the weekly benefit
amount, an allowance for a non-working spouse or a dependent child or
children. The weekly benefit amount plus any allowance for a dependent
make up the total amount of benefits payable per week.
If you believe that you are eligible for benefits, you should file a
claim with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. A claim
should be filed as early as possible after the termination of your
To obtain additional information about unemployment benefits or about
how to file a claim, contact any Illinois Department of Employment
Security office. Local Department of Employment Security offices are
listed in the telephone directory under the State of Illinois.